Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Strapped Again?

In Peter Gammons' latest piece, he quotes the Ca$hman as saying that part of the reason the Junkees built from within when they were struggling was that they couldn't afford to take on any new contracts. We heard rumblings like this before, when the Junkees didn't go after Carlos Beltran.

If this is the case, it'll be interesting to see if the Junkees will make any moves before the trade deadline. They clearly need help with starting pitching, center field, and can use a lefty in the pen. Plus, none of their high-salary players are movable (thank you Gary Sheffield). But if they struggle after the break, I'd be very surprised to see George just sit back and do nothing come July 31.

In a way, this news may be more of a curse than a blessing for Junkee-haters. After all, instead of depeleting the farm system for washed-up veterans, the Yankees are starting to revert to Stick Michael tactics, by bringing up Cano, Wang, and Cabrera. Although these guys have been good so far, there's still no way to know whether Cano is more Alfonso Soriano or Pat Kelly, or whether Wang is more Andy Pettitte than Scott Kamieniecki. But a young guy like Cabrera is definitely better out there than Tony Womack. If the Junkees can successfully build a team with a mix of veterans and youngsters, they might be able to win it all again.

Hopefully, by the time guys like Cano develop (if they do), we'll have a salary cap in place.

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